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January 26, 2019
The best comedy movie ever made!
½ June 1, 2017
This is my favorite Sturges film among many good ones. Somehow deeply patriotic at the same time as it can openly challenge an American culture of hero worship and the kind of "phonies" we elect to represent us. Eddie Bracken's facial expressions are precious throughout. Performances by William Demarest as the sarge, Raymond Walburn as the pompous mayor, and Ella Raines as the girlfriend are all notable. The Walburn scenes are tight and hilarious, worthy of film courses and acting classes. For all those out there with hay fever!
½ February 17, 2017
Honesty prevails in this outstanding classic film. You almost can't bear to watch the end, but it is ultimately touching. A memorable movie that is not to be missed. (First and only viewing - 2/17/2017)
December 30, 2016
Some witty humor and good direction make this a memorable comedy.
December 18, 2015
If more proof was needed that Sturges is one of the all-time American screenwriters, look no further. Hail The Conquering Hero is an incredibly witty, astute satire that delves with a great sense of irony into the cult of the "war hero".
October 19, 2015
Woodrow Truesmith buys a round for some penniless marines, and tells them his sorrowful tale of how his mother and small town think he's still a marine. He got discharged for hay fever and hasn't got the guts to face the music, because of the hero status of his late father. The movie is wonderfully hilarious for the first half, but quickly loses steam in the jokes department and gets a little heavy handed for the finale. It does have that good hearted feeling at the end, so ultimately this comedy is decent overall.
½ July 16, 2013
Not as madcap as some of his other films (e.g., The Palm Beach Story), this later entry from Preston Sturges' short successful period still packs a satiric wallop that undoubtedly hit harder during the war years when it came out. Eddie Bracken is the unfortunate son discharged from the marines for hay fever after only one month. He lies to his mother to say he is fighting overseas but runs into some real marines (led by the incredible William Demarest) who find a way for him to go home honorably -- they pretend he is a hero who has caught jungle fever. Of course, he gets a hero's welcome and the shenanigans go on from there. In the process, Sturges makes some real points about civic virtues, loyalty, and the kind of aw shucks attitude that makes Mom proud.
June 9, 2013
Una disparatada y brillante comedia sobre el heroismo y el patriotismo, a cargo de Preston Sturges y que incluye el inconfundible sello personal de su director: Enredos, risas y mucho corazon.
June 9, 2013
Una disparatada y brillante comedia sobre el heroismo y el patriotismo, a cargo de Preston Sturges y que incluye el inconfundible sello personal de su director: Enredos, risas y mucho corazon.
March 24, 2013
Wonderful performances from a talented cast and a fabulous screenplay from Preston Sturges. Highly recommended and a big thank you to Ruby for recommending this!
Super Reviewer
½ January 24, 2013
Only the second Sturges film I've seen, following The Lady Eve, which I slightly prefer. The movie about a coming back from war guilt ridden "hero" who lied all the way to being nominated for mayor, has a few laughs, but isn't anything special. It's from 1944, and is unfortunately outdated with his beautiful America attitude. It was nothing more than Ok.
January 3, 2013
One of my favorite Preston Sturges comedies. Eddie Bracken (who modern audiences might recognize as Roy Walley from "Vacation") is discharged from the Marines during WWII and is reluctant to return home when he meets up with a group of Marine who reluctantly convince him to fabricate a story about him being a war hero. Events steamroll into him getting a hero's welcome and being conscripted into running for mayor. It's a funny story that I've always felt could easily be updated for today. Bracken is great as he tries to find a way out of his lie. William Demarest has his best roles as a crusty Marine sergeant. And if you think about the message of the film, it's actually a pretty subversive satire to come our during the middle of a war, when it calls into question mindless hero-worship and blind patriotism during wartime. Regardless of your politics though, it's a terrific comedy and a classic screwball comedy with Sturges' unique voice.
December 28, 2012
one preston sturges' best screwball comedies.
½ October 15, 2012
A smart Classic with an unorthodox protagonist.
August 25, 2012
Hilarious, with a plot that just builds and builds, piling ever greater problems on the hero. Great performances all around, especially by William Demarest, the Marine sergeant who is the ringleader, and by the actor who played the slightly crazy Marine.
July 2, 2012
Watching this film the same week as the Supreme Court decided US v. Alvarez was a coincidence, but it gives me the chance to use my freedom of speech to say that individuals that falsely claim to have earned war medals do more than make a false statement, they lessen the value of the medals that have been earned and spit on the graves at Arlington, at Normandy and elsewhere. Shame on the majority of the US Supreme Court for not recognizing that.
June 24, 2012
preston sturges' "hail the conquering hero" is a hilarious farce, that never takes it's ridiculous plot seriously. it may not be as brilliant or funny as "the palm beach story", but this is a well made film that all fans of classic cinema should watch.
March 21, 2012
Preston Sturges does it again, charming the audience with humor, wit and poignant moments. Loved it.
December 17, 2011
Hail the Conquering Hero is a brilliant film. It is about a Marine who discharged for a hayfever condition but fabricates a story about his time in the Marine Corp. Eddie Bracken and Ella Raines give excellent performances. The script is well written. Preston Sturges did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the humor. Hail the Conquering Hero is a must see.
½ October 11, 2011
Heavy on the propaganda, lathering on the cliché, a great story with wonderful delivery, but not my cup of tea.
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